I really like how he has mix this up. I love Book of Shadows and 95% of the rest. He just has a nack of making songs (in my opinion) from acoustic to cranking the Marshalls to 11. Zakk needs to spend full time with BLS. Ozzy is riding Zakks coat-tail now and just slowing his creativity down. Again just my opinion. TIME FOR NEW BLS ZAKK PLEASE.
2009 compilation from the Rock guitarist . Black Label Society, is the brainchild of guitar great Zakk Wylde. Hard and heavy, big on riffs and even bigger on the solos, BLS is the bastard child of Black Sabbath only pumped up on steroids. Having graced the world’s stages for the last 18 years, both as Ozzy Osborne’s right hand man as well as fronting BLS, Zakk Wylde has established himself as one of the few remaining guitar heroes. Skullage represents a look at the history of Black Label Society through album tracks, fan favorites and four live acoustic cuts.
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Well, you’ve probably been living on another planet if you aren’t aware of Black Sabbath’s influence on rock for the last couple decades. With this album Zakk Wylde displays the reason for his influence on a generation of guitar players, but also his range. His acoustic renditions are magnificent.
Whether you’re a hard rock enthusiast or prefer your music a little softer, this album is well worth the experience, even though a number of tracks are repeats of earlier releases.
O.K. On it’s own merits, “Skullage” is a good cd. Maybe very good since the songs are all solid. But I’ve got a major problem with this disc, Zakk’s record label & Zakk himself.
For those of you who don’t know the history, read on! In the late ’90s, Spitfire Records re-released “Pride & Glory,” Zakk’s southern-rock band, “Book of Shadows,” his solo disc & “Sonic Brew,” the first release by Black Label Society. Then, over the course of the next 5 or so years, Spitfire released 6 more BLS cd’s, including a live record & a 19-song compilation ONLY 4 years ago…in 2005. After leaving Spitfire & putting out “Mafia” and “Shot to Hell” on Artemis & Roadrunner Records, Zakk took a brief hiatus…for him! Which leads us back to this release.
It’s on Armoury Records, a division of Eagle Entertainment. Spitfire Records, which put out, count ‘em, 9 Zakk Wylde cd’s over the last decade, is also a division of Eagle Entertainment. So, basically, Eagle Entertainment puts out this 12-song compilation with 3 extra live tracks a mere FOUR years after issuing a 19-song compilation called “Kings of Damnation: ‘98-’04.” Yeah, it’s got those 3 additional tracks plus an instrumental & “Mafia/Shot to Hell” are represented here but there’s not one track from “Sonic Brew” and it still comes in with a grand total of 15 or 16 songs. Still 3 or 4 songs shorter than the ‘05 compilation. In addition, Eagle Entertainment has remastered & is re-issuing virtually the entire Zakk Wylde catalog on Armoury Records, a division of Eagle Ent., less than a decade after releasing most of his releases on Spitfire Records, another division of Eagle Ent. Rip-off? Stealing money from Zakk’s loyal fans? You be the judge. And why Zakk would allow this is beyond me. He’s always seemed like the kind of guy who stands behind his society-dwelling fans no matter what. Or maybe only if they’re willing to hand him their hard-earned cash while the record company smiles a fat-cat grin!
Yet another Greatest Hits compilation by Zakk and his crew?? Why? We were damaged enough by Shot to Hell and how much of a mediocre album that was when you compare it to the first three albums in the BLS collection, but this is not the kind of album you follow up Shot to Hell with. We’ve all heard these songs before and we’ve probably downloaded all the “acoustic” versions of Stillborn that there is out there. Why not come out with some new material to re-energize the fanbase??
I think BLS is a victim of their commercial success what with their merchandising and all that. It’s practically a brand name and the BLS letters have more hype behind them than actual substance. As a die-hard fan, I feel that the last 5 or 6 years of BLS have been a letdown musically and we’ve been suckered into the image of BLS rather than what made us fans of them in the first place. Great albums like Sonic Brew and Stronger Than Death. Please, Zakk. Put out another Metal album before you hang it up!
The 3-star rating is not regarding the actual songs presented on this disc, but for the product itself. This is a chronologically laid out sampler and nothing more. The only attraction for existing fans of Zakk Wylde/BLS are the last three acoustic tracks. Stillborn is one of my favorite BLS songs and I believe the acoustic version presented here was only available on a DVD.